One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about the best gear for hot yoga. I shared my favorites back in 2011 on the day that I taught my first class at Y2 Yoga. WOW to how long that’s been and WOW to how long I’ve been at this blogging stuff. My seventh blog birthday is coming up in April.
Needless to say, we’re due an update since many of you weren’t reading back in 2011 and I have a few new faves to share with you.
The Best Yoga Mat
I am Manduka Pro for life. I got their basic black pro mat almost seven years ago and my mat is literally still as good as new. They actually come with a lifetime guarantee. My mat has withstood thousands of practices (and its fair share of tears). What I love about the Manduka Pro mat is that it’s thick and supportive and once I lay it out on the floor, it doesn’t move, shift or wrinkle. It’s also think it has a great amount of grip to it and I can often get away with not using a mat towel on top of it (see the next section for more details on that).
The only consideration is that this mat is a little heavy so if you walk or bike to yoga, that may be a deterrent. And while I have the basic black mat, they now offer the Pro in so many awesome colors.
If you’re looking to lighten up a bit, go with the Manduka Pro Lite. It’s a super lightweight version of the Pro but not as thick or wide. I keep one of these in Florida to practice on when I visit my parents. It’s great for taking your mat on the go and also comes in a variety of colors and with a lifetime guarantee.
The Best Hot Yoga Mat Towel
We sell SO MANY Yogitoes Non-Slip Mat Towels at the studio. And for good reason. The idea behind mat towels is that you place them over your mat for classes where you are super sweaty and find your hands and feet slipping on your mat. The Yogitoes utilize silicone nubs to grip your mat and keep your towel in place.
Tip: your Yogitoes has to be a little damp or sweaty to feel grippy. You will slide on it if the mat is dry and your palms/feet are dry. Either spray the hand/feet areas with water (you’ll find spray bottles in most hot yoga studios) or wait until you start sweating to lay your Yogitoes out on your mat.
Coming in at $68, Yogitoes are a bit of an investment. If you’re looking for something cheaper, check out Manduka’s Equa mat towels. They’re similar to Yogitoes but don’t have the silicone grips. Personally, I like them just as much as Yogitoes and they’re $30 cheaper. You can even get a red one on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $28.
The Best Hot Yoga Leggings
My go-to practice uniform these days is patterned leggings and a sports bra. I love, love, love Liquido leggings. They are so lightweight and comfortable for practice but they aren’t see through! Also, they dry super quickly.
I also love DonaJo leggings. They come in at a slightly lower price point than Liquido but I would say the quality, fit, feel and function is similar.
And if basic black is your thing, you can’t beat a pair of Wunder Unders from Lululemon. They come in hi-rise too, which apparently is the style that’s gaining most popularity according to a recent strategic partner class I sat on for the studio. (We carry Lululemon.)
The Best Sports Bra
I am a Lululemon Free To Be addict and I own eight of these bras in various styles and colors. This is the most basic Free to Be.
You’ll almost always find me wearing this bra. (Check out my yoga flows on my Power Yoga Flow account for proof!)
Note, I don’t need a lot of support with bras so if you are looking for high-support, this probably isn’t the best fit for you.
Tip: I used to size up in these bras but now I find they fit true to size.
The Best Tops
If you’re looking for something fitted, I love the Lululemon Power Y Tank and I have it in so many colors
Accessories + ETC
These Yogitoes hbands are so basic but they work! They stay in place and at $4 a pop, they’re cheap! They come in a million different colors and I think I own no fewer than 20.
When it comes to hot yoga, hydration is essential for both feeling good during your practice and after. Oftentimes it’s helpful to add an electrolyte replacement to your water for a little something extra. I’ve been using Ultima Replinisher for probably five years now. It’s vegan, gluten-free and has no sugar, carbs, calories or caffeine. It’s made with plant-based colors and real fruit flavors. They sweeten with stevia leaf (this is pretty much one of the only times I do stevia and it’s not overpowering). They also never add artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Need a bag? I’ve had my Lululemon duffle for over 5 years. They are geniuses at making bags and I swear they think of everything. It includes yoga mat straps that can be put away when you don’t need them, a special compartment for sweaty clothes, a heat resistant compartment for things like your hair straightener, a media pocket and more.
I think that wraps up my top recommendations. I hope you find this helpful and I’d love to hear your must-haves in the comments! 🙂